Bill was a leader to behold and a loving partner, father, brother, and mooshum to a family who grew into an accomplished unit under his bright example. He persevered through the aftermath of Residential School by creating a better life for all those he loved and considered his people.
For all of us, finding strength to face the day ahead has become hard while bearing the mounting loss our communities endure. In the midst of this darkness it becomes near impossible to foster the flame of hope that has sustained our people since First Light.
Mushkegowuk Council’s Grand Chief Leo Friday, Deputy Grand Chiefs Natasha Martin and Amos Wesley encourages all citizens and governments within the Treaty 9 area and Ontario to learn more, respect and honour the Real Treaty No. 9 (The James Bay Treaty.)
The Omushkego Emergency Management Summit will initiate the formalization & improvement of the emergency response processes that Omushkego currently utilize while making provision for projected events that we have yet to encounter.
The Women's Council will serve as the voice of Omushkego Women in matters pertaining to the operation, services, and direction of Mushkegowuk Council. We are honored to provide this platform that will serve as a source of traditionally enriched and powerful guidance.
This concludes the nomination process for the Office of the Grand Chief and the Offices of the Deputy Grand Chief, North and South political positions. All verifications were completed and a total of four (4) candidates for the position of Grand Chief and a total of four (4) candidates for the position of Deputy Grand Chief-North remain in the election process. Furthermore, Jutta HORN has withdrawn from the Office of Deputy Grand Chief-South position and one (1) candidate remains in the said position.
Mushkegowuk Council Emergency Management Services are proud to have collaboratively worked with Indigenous Services Canada, The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, Fort Albany First Nation and Kashechewan First Nation on the safe evacuation of the communities along the mighty Albany River.
With the Coronation of King Charles III optimism can be fostered in the potential that we may progress closer to reconciliation together. Acknowledging participation of the historic traumatic events we have endured in the colonization of our people takes true leadership and courage to accomplish.
As the Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk Council, I am informing all members I will be on leave due to health reasons. The roles and responsibilities of the Political office will continue with the Deputy Grand Chief, Rebecca Friday and Executive Director, Irene Linklater.
Since 1990 Wayne Turner was the innovative Chief Executive Officer that successfully guided the Attawapiskat First Nation Administration and Operations. In monumental eras such as the Victor Diamond Mine, Wayne was a primary source of confident leadership his office and community could rely on.
The morning of February 7th, myself along with the Kashechewan First Nation Chief Gaius Wesley demanded to be included in the discussions between the provincial, territory, and federal governments regarding the Canada Health Transfer (CHT).
The Omushkego People extend our support to the families that continue to endure the intergenerational trauma created by the St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in Kenora located on Treaty 3 Territory.
For as long as we exist, the Omushkego will need access and use of various types of guns and other tools for our traditional sustenance purposes. Our Omushkego values and customary harvesting practices includes teaching our children the purpose and safe use of firearms.
As COP15, an international biodiversity conference, kicks off in Montreal, Mushkegowuk Council welcomes a new transformational investment by the Government of Canada and international and national philanthropic donors to support Indigenous-led conservation in the Territory.
In response to the deteriorating health services of the region the Moving Forward Health Summit will compile advice from community delegates selected by each First Nation Chief and Council. The summit is intended to provide a platform for community members to extend their recommendations at the regional level.
The Conference will aim to provide learning opportunities associated with the spirit and intent of the treaties, the history of the treaties, traditional approaches to treaty-making, the relationship between the treaties & governance, and the relationship between treaties and healing
As Grand Chief, I was made aware of an incident that occurred this past weekend between four (4) Mushkegowuk Members and Conservation Officers of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), resulting in two (2) of our members being charged with provincial offences.
Health care services within the Mushkegowuk (Weeneebayko) region have been rapidly deteriorating and are in a very serious and dangerous situation. This has resulted in the Mushkegowuk Council of Chiefs declaring a State of Emergency.
The Mushkegowuk Council of Chiefs have announced their support for the Matawa First Nations Chiefs and Councils in ensuring a strong Regional Assessment for the potential Ring of Fire mining development. The commitment was made after a joint meeting held in Toronto, June 14, 2022.
It is with love and great sadness that Mushkegowuk Council sends our condolences to the family and many friends of Gregory Koostachin, and especially to his beloved wife, Mary. Greg was a long time supporter and elder/advisor to the Mushkegowuk Council of Chiefs and Mushkegowuk leadership.
The papal apology was a way for the Catholic Church to acknowledge and address the widespread abuse, degradation, and violence suffered by children while they were incarcerated in Canada’s nation-wide Residential School System (a system that was in continuous operation until 1996).